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  • Ted Cruz Introduces Bill To Strip Federal Benefits From Married Same-Sex Couples

    Ted Cruz has reintroduced legislation which, among other actions, would strip federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and thus, federal benefits.

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is pushing the State Marriage Defense Act, legislation that if signed into law could accomplish two objectives. First, redefine marriage at the federal level to remove from hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples the federal government's recognition of their marriages, and thus, any corresponding federal benefits they are afforded, now or in the future. And second, should the U.S. Supreme Court not find a right to marriage for same-sex couples, encourage states that do not wish to recognize those marriages to potentially nullify them.

    While being framed as states' rights legislation, the bill's language makes clear Cruz's actual intent, and the bill's ramifications.

    "Congress recognizes that current actions by the Federal Government to afford benefits to certain relationships not recognized as marriages by a person’s State of residence go beyond the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor," the bill reads.

    Currently, the federal government has been recognizing all same-sex marriages legally performed in states, even after the state has refused to do so. 

    Cruz's bill also changes the federal definition of marriage, by stating "the term ‘marriage’ shall not include any relationship which that State, territory, or possession does not recognize as a marriage, and the term ‘spouse’ shall not include an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as a marriage by that State, territory, or possession.’’

    In a separate statement, the Texas Senator, a likely GOP presidential candidate in 2016, attacks President Barack Obama and indirectly, Attorney General Holder. Cruz says "the Obama Administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislatures to uphold traditional marriage...I support traditional marriage and we should reject attempts by the Obama Administration to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states. The State Marriage Defense Act helps safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for their citizens."

    Cruz also warns that later this year he "will be introducing a constitutional amendment to further protect marriage and to prevent judicial activism. The amendment will make explicit that marriage is a policy question for the democratically-elected legislatures in each of the 50 states."

    A decade ago, in 2004, the United States’ General Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report that “identified a total of 1,138 federal statutory provisions classified to the United States Code in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving benefits, rights, and privileges.” Cruz's legislation could strip these from legally married same-sex couples in any state that chooses to not honor their marriages.

    Initial sponsors of Cruz's bill are eleven Republican Senators: John Boozman, R-AR, Mike Crapo, R-ID, Steve Daines, R-MT, James Inhofe, R-OK, James Lankford, R-OK, Mike Lee, R-UT, Pat Roberts, R-KS, Tim Scott, R-SC, Jeff Sessions, R-AL, Richard Shelby, R-AL, and David Vitter, R-LA.

    In the House, U.S. Congressman Randy Weber of Texas is sponsoring the bill, and has 23 original co-sponsors, all Republican. 

     

    Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr

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    • commented 2016-02-16 14:02:56 -0500
      There are not enough swear words in the universe to describe this boy.

    • commented 2016-02-14 09:00:09 -0500
      This is an old article from over a year ago. This was before the Supreme Court’s decision making same sex marriages legal. throughout the entire United States.

    • commented 2016-02-14 03:43:55 -0500
      I think I saw Cruz when I was at a Las Vegas casino and he was choking on a donkey dick.

    • commented 2016-02-14 02:55:59 -0500
      Ted Cruze is a POS. and should be deported back to Canada.

    • commented 2016-02-13 21:48:57 -0500
      Hopefully, Cruz and his republican cohorts realize that millions of gays and lesbians, married or not, will rise up against his bill in total rebellion to his tyranny… We’ve been used for his political fodder long enough.

    • commented 2016-02-13 19:41:43 -0500
      To the author: this reeks of the AFA and Heritage Foundation as the backers of the bill to me.

      The original date of the inital Cruz story was Feb 15 2015, the same time the anti-transgender bathroom bills were used to fire up the base of the right. I don’t see coincidence here, I see purpose…purposefully using fear to keep the base focused on this upcoming election. It’s gross to watch unfold, but it’s happening.

      Any way you can check to see who’s backing the bill behind the list of Congressmen? Thank you.

    • commented 2016-02-13 18:04:03 -0500
      go fuck yourself Cruz you and Trump we dont need yall asswipes here

    • commented 2016-02-13 17:39:46 -0500
      Ok, now I’m for cruz, bit this one topic as a loving godly woman I can’t support. To take thousands of people brought together in love under God & tell them that their marriage is invalid. No sir I can stand by that decision, do have any idea how much dispare will be created by that action. That’s years & years of progress for love & unity down the drain

    • commented 2016-02-13 16:43:18 -0500
      Since this is a year old, the Supreme Court has spoken and this will probably not get very far. Yes, he was born in Canada but he would probably never get elected here because even most of the conservatives here would say he is too extreme. And he would not like living under our National Medicare and the fact that gays are protected from discrimination everywhere and under our Hate Crime Laws.

    • commented 2016-02-13 16:34:10 -0500
      Cruz screams homophobe…he creates these scenarios as smokescreens to cover his own homosexuality…that’s just the way it goes and the way it’s always been!

    • commented 2016-02-13 15:33:54 -0500
      Antigays are a disease and a breeding ground for religious terrorists.

      And yes it is that simple.

    • commented 2016-02-13 14:36:49 -0500
      Log cabin republicans many of whom are married need to wake up and smell the coffee!!

    • commented 2016-02-13 14:35:58 -0500
      Cruz is a drop in the toilet of turds floating around Washington. Not only because of his well documented gay bashing tactics but, because he is a vile being that tries to cloak his demonic idealism with the church. Now, we could all sit here and attack him with words till the cows come home but, it wont change the fact that Cruz has an evangelical following that will be right behind him until he walks of the edge of the Earth. These are the people we need to focus on and get their heads out of the sand to stop supporting his truly evil ways.

    • commented 2015-02-13 09:55:05 -0500
      Is Cruz running for president or Fuhrer? Does he think that this republic should rebrand itself The Fourth Reich and institute the infamous Paragraph 175 fashioned in 1869 to replace the USA Bill of Rights? Is it possible that this Canadian born citizen does not understand democracy of the US Constitution. He should be dumped across the border back into Canada, but Canada does not want him.

    • commented 2015-02-12 16:15:25 -0500
      I think we should start a pink triangle protest movement!

    • commented 2015-02-12 11:11:26 -0500
      Uh wouldn’t be taxation without representation? If they can take away our benefits to which we all pay IN??

    • commented 2015-02-12 10:58:54 -0500
      Where are people getting the idea that marriage is being redefined? Straight couples can still marry each other. And this bill is a silly waste of time and money. SCOTUS will rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality and obama will veto this vile and UNAMERICAN piece of legislation.

    • commented 2015-02-12 07:18:33 -0500
      Want to repeal something Teddy? Try Citizens United! Try to live up to the GOP mantra of small government and leave Americans alone. Legislation whose only goal is to harm people in unAmerican and bigoted!

    • commented 2015-02-12 03:33:02 -0500
      How about we strip you of your benefits, Ted? You try living like a normal US citizen who’s making it from paycheck to paycheck. Remember, we’re the ones paying your exorbitant salary. So, before you open mouth and insert foot seriously think about what you’re saying. What you’re talking about is discrimination.

    • commented 2015-02-11 21:30:53 -0500
      This is why we have to take governing back into our own hands. We need to demand that no bill is passed without the approval of the majority of U.S. Citizens. These loud-mouthed idiots are far from being a majority. They’re simply a large group of bullies who don’t have anyone to legally push around anymore and it’s driving them crazy.

      Also, if these bozos who pretend to be Republicans but are, in reality, Tea Party infiltrators need to be told that if they are unable to pass laws according to our Constitution then they should pack up and remove their traitorous asses out of the governing system.

      It does no good to ask anyone in D.C. to put a stop to this nonsense. Every request falls on deaf ears. These Tea Party morons have been handing this country over to the corporations, lock, stock and barrel for how many years now? They work under the impression that money talks. Well, action speaks louder than words and we need to take action against them or we’ll be sorry in the very near future.

      I’ve lived in this country for almost 69 years. Born and raised here, paying taxes since age 14 yet I am to continue being placed as a second class citizen because these shit for brains morons want to have it their way. Their way is from their misinterpretation of holy scriptures and that in itself is breaking the rules of the Constitution. These bastards have to be forced out of our system. They forced their way in by pretending to be Republicans. No one will arrest them for treason which, in case no one’s noticed, is exactly what they’ve been performing since taking office.

      I’m also a Vietnam Veteran, so I get treated like shit in double doses by those sons-a-bitches. They hate women and they hate gays but there aren’t any laws firmly in place to protect either of us. They’re exactly like the goddam Mideast with their Sharia laws and we don’t need to be putting up with that shit.

    • commented 2015-02-11 20:39:11 -0500
      This article is incorrectly titled. “Ted Cruz Can Fuck Himself.”

    • commented 2015-02-11 17:37:55 -0500
      A friend of mine worked with him for a while when he was brought in by Greg Abbott to head the “Office of the Solicitor General” (of which there’s not one) in TX. He was a credit-stealer, claiming credit for years of work of attorneys before him and then he’d swoop in and cherry-pick cases. People started leaving in droves because he was a jerk then, too. (Interestingly, my friend said that whenever they were around him, the gaydar would ping very very loudly. Not scientific, but makes an awful lot of sense.)

      The boy’s a jerk. He’s always been a jerk and probably will always be a jerk. This bill of his is complete pandering to the anti-gay mob in the GOP (most of them), but Rafael Cruz knows this is a lost cause, so there’s nothing about this that’s good law, only posturing.

    • commented 2015-02-11 16:48:10 -0500
      Isn’t there laws about foreign nationals interfering in the rights of american citizens?

    • commented 2015-02-11 16:41:19 -0500
      Really this is going to fricking far honestly. who the hell cares what people do in the bedrooms why you are jealous cause they get more action then you do. Really make equal rights to every one and stop the bullshit already I am tired hearing and reading it seeing it on the news and talks shows everywhere. I don’t give a fly rats ass about what others think of me and my love life and I am not bothering you with it so shut up and grow and get the real shit like fixing the fricking the ecomony and gets jobs backup so people will have jobs instead of being homeless and mooching of the system

    • commented 2015-02-11 15:42:39 -0500
      Gay Texans are going to need a big tax break since the Texas GOP DOESNT CONSIDER US EQUAL!

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